2001 Air & Style Gears Up

Seefeld, AUT-With the 8th Air&Style Snowboard Contest just around the corner,the town of Seefeld is getting ready for the onslaught of boarders who willtake over the area from December 8-10, 2000. This year the event will offermore of a “festival” atmosphere with non-stop parties, live music bothindoors and outdoors and snowboarding in the resort area surrounding theTyrolean town.

For those who haven’t been privy to see the Air&Style in past years, this isthe largest big air contest in Europe and draws in top snowboarders fromaround the world. The fun atmosphere and the impressive 15,000 spectators, aswell as the large purse, make this contest a favorite for riders. Like everyyear, the purse has once again been increased, with $50,000 US dollars and anAudi S 3 for first place in the straight air. The corner (aka hip) contesthas a first place pot of $10,000 US dollars for guys and $5,000 for thefemale competitors.

After last year’s tragedy at the Air&Style it seemed like a good move to takethe event to a fresh location and improve the happening with more music,action and the best part; snowboarding on the same day as the contest. In theSeefeld snowboarders can buy combination tickets allowing them to ride duringthe day and party with the Air& Style all afternoon and night. The newlocation also allows sponsors the chance to show off their goods and offerdemos in the “Action Zone” located between the stadium and the center oftown.

The list of straight jumpers is impressive this year with more new faces thanever.

1. Burton Stefan Gimpl AUT
2. Rossignol Andrew Crawford USA
3. Salomon David Benedek GER
4. Burton Michi Albin SUI
5. M3 Chad Otterstrom USA
6. Airwalk Roger Hjelmstadstuen NOR
7. Nidecker Darius Heristchian SUI
8. Option Kevin Sansalone CAN
9. Allian Ingemar Backman SWE
10. Rossignol Jonas Emery SUI
11. Forum Bjorn Leines USA
12. Burton Jussi Oksanen FIN
13. G-Shock Akifumi Hiraoka JAP
14. Burton Sani Alibabic AUT
15. Sims Nicolas Droz FRA
16. Lib Tech Jakob Wilhelmson SWE

A new location also means a new jump, so Tommy Marsh and his company MellowProductions are working hard to build a new jump and the corner. This yearinstead of the traditional quarterpipe, the event will offer a corner (Euroversion of a hip) with a left and right option. 18 men and 10 women will hitthe corner and maybe even the Audi S 3 sitting on the flat top.

The music line-up kicks-off on the event stage with German superstars GuanoApes and then the American band 3 Doors Down headlining. Music will bepresent throughout the weekend though with the village stage in the center oftown after the event throwing down bands like Outsidaz and Funf Stern. And atthe Aftercontest party on December 9 Fatboy Slim will mix-it up, as well asmany other DJs from around Europe until dawn.

Like past years, those who can’t make the Air&Style will be able to watch itat www.air-style.com and partake in internet voting on who they think willtake home a shiny new Audi.